5 Ways to Know if You Have an Exhaust System Problem

Your exhaust system plays a very important role in the overall health and performance of your car, truck or SUV. It expels harmful gases away from the engine and burns them off so that the emissions are safer for the environment. Exhaust system problems can really cause problems for you. Your engine could be damaged, your fuel efficiency will drop, and a bad exhaust leak could literally be deadly for you and your passengers.

Here are some of the most common signs of exhaust system failure or damage:

1. Check Engine Light (or Other Warning Lights)

Your check engine light can come on for a variety of reasons. Exhaust system issues are among the most common because you have several sensors that can easily be tripped. Or, the sensor itself can fail. This happens a lot with faulty oxygen (O2) sensors. More advanced vehicles may offer more specific computer warning messages to let you know if it is an exhaust problem. At the first sign of any trouble, you will want to get diagnostic testing to determine the source of the issue.

2. Strange Noises or Vibrations While Accelerating

You are used to hearing your engine rev when you are accelerating, but any other sounds should catch your attention. You may also feel significant vibrations. Loud noises, vibrating and rattling are often signs of exhaust system problems (most likely the catalytic converter), but can also be your transmission or engine itself.

3. Strong Exhaust Smells

It can be very unpleasant to drive when the exhaust fumes smell really strong. This could be a sign of an exhaust leak or some other exhaust system issue. These odors are not only annoying, they can literally be deadly if you inhale enough carbon monoxide. Do not take a potential exhaust leak lightly. Get it checked out and repaired as soon as possible!

4. Loss of Fuel Efficiency

Again, there are many automotive issues that can lead to a drop in fuel efficiency. If your MPGs are dropping noticeably, it could be an exhaust system problem. It could also be something wrong with your fuel system, engine, transmission, wheel/tire or cooling system. 

5. Loss of Power

You may notice your car feels extra sluggish and doesn't seem to have much power at all. This is commonly associated with exhaust system problems. Again, it could also be your engine, transmission or fuel system, as well. A knowledgeable mechanic can determine the source of the issue and recommend the necessary repairs.

If you are in the Northern Delaware area and are experiencing any of these signs of exhaust system failure—or any other automotive issues—call Fox Run Auto today at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your service appointment online.


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